What are you desiring most this year? Does anyone want more of God!? When holiday meals become thrown away leftovers and New Year’s habits fizzle into last year’s patterns, what are our souls left hungering for?
Setting our eyes on exemplary examples brings inspiration and permission to pursue. As we take the next 7 weeks to look at one verse, we are going to see the core of an exemplary man, “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam 13:14).
King David’s life is a picture of pursuit. In prosperity or in promotion, in pain or in persecution, David’s life was marked by a single pursuit of intimately loving God (Ps 101:1-4) and walking as a lover of people through meekness (Ps 18:35). Our hearts are going to burn as we dissect the core burning of his heart in Psalm 27:4.
Let’s pursue OneThing. Let’s pursue our Coming King, Jesus.
The corresponding scriptures and topics to the picture above are below…
a – Creation, Genesis 1-2
b – Set-apart People, Genesis 12 – Joshua
c – Tabernacle, Temple, & City, Exodus – Malachi
d – Incarnate Jesus, Matthew – Acts 1
e – His Spirit in His Church, Acts – Revelation
f – Eternall Dwelling with His People, Revelation, etc.
1 – Born to Jesse, Isaiah 11:1
2 – Tending Sheep, 1 Samuel 17:34
3 – Anointed King & Blameless with Saul, 1 Sam 13:14; 1 Sam 26; 1 Sam 28; 2 Sam 1:17-27
4 – Longing for the Ark, 2 Sam 6-8
5 – Longing for Bathsheba, 2 Sam 11-12
6 – Internal & External Conflict, 2 Sam 13-23
7 – Never to Old to Repent, 2 Sam 24
8 – Leaving a Legacy, 1 Kings 1-2
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!